Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tablescape Thursday: All About The Eiffel

The name of the Lord is a strong TOWER; the righteous run to it and are safe.  Proverbs 18:10 (NIV)

March 31st marks the anniversary of the completion of the Eiffel Tower, which gave me a great excuse to put together an Eiffel tablescape!  But I can't do an Eiffel tablescape without mentioning my interior designer sister, who LOVES all things Eiffel.  In fact, I borrowed a few items from her (most of which were presents from me!) for this fun 'scape.

But before I get started, I want to share a few fun facts about the Eiffel Tower:
~ it took 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days to build & was completed March 31, 1889
~ it's main architect was Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the same person who built the internal frame of the Statue of Liberty
~ it's the tallest building in Paris, & until 1930 it was the tallest building in the world
~ it's height is equivalent to 81 levels in a conventional building
~ on a clear day, you can see up to 42 miles away from the top of the tower
~ strong winds can sway the tower slightly (during the storm of 1999, it moved approximately 13 cm from its original position!)
~ it's painted every 7 years in 3 shades of brown, with the darkest one at the bottom
~ it takes approximately 60 tons of paint & 15-18 months to paint it
~ it's open 365 days a year.......
So what are we waiting on?  Let's go!

For this simple tablescape, I chose a color scheme of black, white, and silver, with pops of bright turquoise blue. 

Once again, my black tablecloth, black rhinestone chargers, & black dinner plates get to participate......I've been getting a ton of use out of them lately!

 A turquoise napkin is layered between the charger & dinner plate....adding some definition.

Although I considered borrowing a set of my sister's Eiffel Tower salad plates so that they would be uniform, I decided to instead use my "Bon Voyage"  plates to give the table a little more interest.

I love how the scalloped edges of the salad plates mimic the dinner plates.

And as in many of my previous tablescapes, I'm again using my acrylic flatware from Walmart.  I can't tell you how much use I've gotten out of this flatware!  It's so versatile!

A coordinating spreader adorns each place setting as well, while miniature Eiffel Tower placecard holders sit just above.  {Seeing as how this was make-believe, the cards simply read: you, me, guest, & friend.}

And how fun are these goblets?

To add a little more color (& because I'm in love with turquoise), I used this great turquoise, slightly-distressed platter for the base of the centerpiece.  Then I simply displayed a black Eiffel Tower, borrowed from my craft room, as well as a black picture frame, to which I added turquoise paper & the menu (I really will be making this for dinner one day this week!), and a candle to add a little sparkle!

{This is about as French as my cooking gets!}

 Eiffel Tower salt & pepper shakers sit close by.

Here's a few more pics of the table:

All of this Eiffel tableware & I didn't even get to use all I had!  Oh well, there's always next time.

Here's a couple more pics I took just for the fun of it, showing some of the un-used "Eiffel-ware":
{an Eiffel tassel used as a napkin ring.....I love using tassels for napkin rings!}

{I also have these white Eiffel napkin rings!}

{And then there's the Eiffel cocktail picks......I guess I kinda like the Eiffel Tower, too!}

And I can't do an Eiffel tablescape without mentioning one more thing.  Remember how I said that my sister loves anything Eiffel?  Well, let me introduce you to my sister's 2 year old Maltipoo, whose birthday also happens to be in March.

Her name?  Eiffel!
{Here she is when she was a little younger.}
Isn't she cute?
But don't let the cuteness fool you!  She's a mess!  In fact, we have a couple nicknames for her:
Awful Eiffel & Eiffel Terror.  Get it?  Like tower, only terror?

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the tablescape. 

I'm linking with Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday & A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.  Hope to see you there!

black tablecloth - Bed, Bath, & Beyond
black rhinestone chargers - Michael's
turquoise napkins & spreader knives - Steinmart
black dinner plates - by Rosanna
Bon Voyage salad plates - by Rosanna (I actually found these at TJ Maxx a year or two ago for $12 for the set.  They're normally about $40 for the set!)
acrylic flatware - Walmart
goblets - Ross (Z Gallerie also carries them) - I gave these to my sister a few months back, but borrowed them for this tablescape!
place card holders & salt & pepper shakers- also given to my sister by me, but I can't remember where I bought them.....I think maybe a local gift store called The Candy Basket....I've also seen them on the internet
turquoise platter - Wisteria
Eiffel Tower - either TJ Maxx or Hobby Lobby?
picture frame - TJ Maxx
candle holder - Hobby Lobby
tassel - Hobby Lobby
cocktail picks - Target Dollar Spot
Eiffel napkin rings - Ebay


  1. You have such a great and fun table FULL of Eiffel Tower stuff here. I love it. My favorite things of all are the goblets. They are so unique.

    I love a table carried out to a theme perfectly, and this one was. I really like that you used the turquoise with it, too. It was unexpected and made a big impression.

    The "inside the box" color would be just white or maybe red or pink. This was totally different.

    Great table!

  2. What a CUTE table! I adore the dishes and the colors and all of the little Eiffel towers. But most of all, I adore that precious dog. What a cutie she is!

    You really did a super job with your international theme, and I enjoyed it very much. It's just so festiver and fun!


    Sheila :-)

  3. As I clicked I noticed a typo... make that
    "festive" and not "festiver" LOL! ;-)

  4. I am an Eiffel Tower nut myself, so I love everything about this gorgeous table. It is just perfect with such close attention to detail. I love those plates for sure, but the spreaders really send me. Wow!

  5. Oh!! What a fabulous and fun tablescape! I absolutely LOVE the color combination!! The pops of turquoise just really sent it over the top! IT's gorgeous!!!!
    And your goblets are so different!! Very unique! A perfect table setting!!!

  6. OMG! I love your Eiffel Tower tablescape. This is my first time joining the group. Those goblets are just beautiful.

  7. Eiffel's famous now! haha...

  8. Tre Bon! I love this tablescape, my fav so far this week. Love the combo of the black, white and turqoise, nice. Love the flatware, do they still sell that? The stemware is cute and I have those same bejeweled chargers, aren't they fun, they go with so much. I am going to do a London table sometime, since I was born in England. Also loved the history on the E. Tower.
    Great job!

  9. What a clever tablescape! I love it! You did a fantastic job! Very different! Love the goblets!
    Blessings My Friend,

  10. Thanks to all of you who took the time to comment! I always enjoy reading them!
    Linda - I purchased the flatware several years ago, so unfortunately, it's probably not available anymore. But I do look forward to seeing your London table sometime! Shae

  11. I love all the Eiffel Tower stuff you used to set your table. It looks great.

  12. You have a beautiful blog and are so talented. I found your baby shower tablescape. Your Eiffel Tower table is beautiful. I love the colors. I am your newest follower. I can not wait to see what you do next.
    Blessings, Sheila

  13. Stunning. Love all your dishes and accessories and the bling is perfect. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  14. I love your tablescape, the colors are gorgeous and little eiffel is adorable!

  15. Pure French inspiration here! What a fun Eiffel theme and I enjoyed all the facts ... as a young girl I climbed the tower and on my way back down I tripped and fell on the very last step... embarrassing!

    Thank you for inspiring all of us at Voila!
    Gypsy Brocante

  16. Thank you for sharing this table. I've a few Eiffel Tower things myself. I need to remember to post something next year for the anniversary. ;-)
    You have found some great pieces to pull this table together. Love that set of plates, especially with the matching spreaders. Too cute!
    ~ Sarah

  17. Love it! I have those plates too! I just LOVE rosanna :)